Child trafficking is one of the gravest forms of child abuse today. Every day, children are bought, sold and transported away from their homes. Poverty makes children especially vulnerable to being trafficked, and because children are unaware of their rights, they are easy targets. Some children are sold by their own parents. Others are lured by what they think are legitimate job offers like waitressing, but then are forced into prostitution. A child could be sold for US$600. Most trafficked children end up being sexually exploited, used as child laborers, or forced into armed conflict as child soldiers.
The trafficking of human beings is a multibillion-dollar business; and it is growing.
The Trafficking in Persons Report 2010 estimates that 12.3 million people remain in forced labor, bonded labor, and forced prostitution. Other estimates suggest the number of people enslaved around the world could be more than double that. Approximately 1 million children enter the commercial sex trade every year. Criminals are estimated to reap over US$30 billion in illicit gains each year by trafficking people.
How can a life be cheaper than the laptop I use to type this. A human being – created in the image of God – worth only a fraction of the price of a designer handbag. Are we ok with this?